Tarrasch V2 Maintenance Release
Yesterday I updated triplehappy.com with a new Tarrasch V2 release, version V2.03c. I really hope this is the last Tarrasch V2 release. Sometime in the not too distant future Tarrasch V3 will be ready for prime time, and Tarrasch V2 can then gracefully retire.
The changes are small, but might be significant to serious users. In order of significance;
- Tarrasch no longer emits semicolon comments. Semicolon comments are part of the .pgn standard but for some reason most (all?) other chess software chokes on them. This was far and away the largest cause of interoperability problems between Tarrasch and other chess software.
- The latest version of Stockfish (V7) is included, and is the new default engine.
- I’ve changed the Site column in lists of games to Site/Event. The site and event fields are both free form text that can potentially be quite space consuming and I struggled to accommodate both in my game lists. Up until now my “solution” has been to simply omit one of the fields. My improved approach is to show one or the other, with a simple radio button to select. I must admit I only recognised this as a real problem when I set about curating a chess database for my local club. All 2000 plus games were played at the Wellington Chess Club, and it was rather pointless seeing this (site) information only, when the tournament name (i.e. event) was more varied and revealing. If you are interested you can see the resulting database here. Creating this database was incidentally a job much better suited to Tarrasch V3 than V2. I am really looking forward to providing users with a much improved program soon so they can enjoy the benefits as well.
- I’ve added a new option (menu Options > General) at the request of long time supporter David Beagan. This option accommodates your preference if you like to go straight to the first game when you open a .pgn file, without presenting a list of games. David asked me for this literally years ago, and I only recently realised I had completely misunderstood him and provided something quite different instead. Totally my fault and my apologies to David.
- I’ve updated some help text (menu Options > Engine > Help) with an explanation on how to de-power Stockfish if you want to play against it without being smashed every time.
As always, you can painlessly install this new version over the top of an existing Tarrasch V2 release without any need to do any preparation. All your existing preferences will be respected, including engine. So if you want to change to Stockfish V7 you will need to select it from menu Options > Engine. Alternatively you can restore factory defaults from menu Options, but of course that way you will lose any custom settings you may have made.